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[VIDEO] Jon Jones Finally Speaks About Accident, Suspension, + Vitor Belfort’s “Sketchy” UFC 152 Drug Test

(While not without his faults, Jones remains a much better role model than Peyton Manning.) 

It has been an…eventful six months for former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, or at least, that’s how he describes them in his recent interview with Ariel Helwani. I’ll spare you all the readily available details, but suffice it to say, Jones has screwed up, repeatedly, and it’s cost him nearly everything.

But finally, it appears the maybe, just maybe, his past mistakes are having an effect on his present mindset. With his UFC suspension now lifted and his court case settled, Jones has rededicated himself to recapturing his belt, and the results thus far have been astounding. He may have a long way to go still to earn back our respect, but with the lengthy interview after the jump, he’s at least taking the first step and accepting the blame for what he’s done.

Video after the jump. 


Behold, the First “Rock Bottom” Knockout in MMA History [VIDEO]

(Hat tip: MiddleEasy)

I’ve been saying that more MMA fighters should start incorporating professional wrestling moves into their arsenal from the very moment that Anthony Pettis channeled Rey Mysterio Jr. to kick Ben Henderson in the face. Mixed martial arts is sports entertainment at the end of the day, and who among us wouldn’t pay to, even three times as much for a ticket if there was even the slightest chance of seeing a knockout via The Worm?

Goldy: “Scotty Too Hotty-esque in his fluidity is Demetrious Johnson, Joe.”

Rogan: “UN-BE-LIEV-A-BLE!!”

Thankfully, it appears that former Bellator bantamweight Luis Nogueira has been listening to my impassioned cries for change and delivered just that in the form of MMA’s first ever Rock Bottom KO.

Video after the jump. 


[VIDEO] Here’s Conor McGregor Sparring With “The Mountain” From Game of Thrones

Perhaps aware of the fact that he has become the third most talked about thing on the Internet next to Game of Thrones fan theories and your mom, Conor McGregor recently decided to throw down with Hafthor Julius Bjornsson a.k.a “The Mountain” and film it for our entertainment. Why he decided to even playfully spar with a man who could vaporize either one of his already troubled knees with the slightest slip-up is beyond me, but then again, I suspect that the “Notorious” one never thinks that far ahead.

Thankfully for McGregor, this match did not end up with the 6’9, 418 pound goliath crushing his head in ala The Red Viper, who if you think about it, was essentially the Conor McGregor of his time: Cocky, yet collected, and more than likely underestimating his greatest opponent to date. (OH SNAP!)


Knockout of the Day: Ammy Fighter Gets Kneed Into La La Land, Literally

For those of you who thought we’d never see a more cartoonish, WWE-esque reaction to a knockout than Rolles Gracie’s Flair Flop at WSOF 5, boy oh boy do we have a treat for you.

Inside MMA have always been a great source for amatuer and local fight highlights across the globe, but they may have outdone themselves with this clip from last month’s VCFC: Danville Destruction 5 event in Virginia. In an amateur match between welterweights Chris Henderson and Chris Gardner, Henderson landed a knee from the clinch so vicious, so devastating, that it sent his opponent into a 360 degree tailspin complete with airplane arms before faceplanting him on the canvas. It was absolutely ridiculous, and even after some two dozen views, I’m still not convinced that the whole thing wasn’t a work.

Video after the jump. 


Here’s That TUF 22 Skirmish We’ve All Been Dying to See, Apparently [Video]

(Wanderlei Silva approves this threat.)

Conor McGregor thinks TJ Dillashaw is a snake in the grass, a child, and perhaps most importantly, a twerp. He’s been saying this for weeks now, and recent events seem to more or less confirm that he predicts deez tings. Why he’s been so persistent in pointing out Dillashaw’s disloyalty is a bit of a mystery, but personally, I think it’s because McGregor actually happens to like — and dare I say it, respect – Urijah Faber.

On last night’s (was it last night? Who gives a f*ck) episode of The Ultimate Fighter, McGregor’s constant needling of Team Alpha Male finally came to a head, by which I mean that it led to a rousing spat of pushy-shovsies filled with profanities, incredibly sexual threats, and laughter. The whole thing was just primo reality TV, really.

Video after the jump. 


VIDEO: Jacare Souza Annihilates Two Sparring Partners With Vicious Body Shots

(An artist’s recreation of what it’s like to train with Jacare. Actual video after the jump.)

The evolution of Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza’s striking has really been a beautiful thing to witness. Like Rafael Dos Anjos — and to a lesser extent, Thales Leites — Souza has gone from a one-dimensional grappler to an absolute terror in every aspect of the fight game. So what if he was among the best in the world in that one dimension? Seeing a guy who can KO Derek Brunson with a check-hook one minute and submit Gegard Mousasi with a guillotine the next is what this sport is all about!!

Now preparing for what is surely a #1 contender bout against Yoel Romero at UFC 194 — a fight that has been rescheduled three times due to various injuries and illnesses on both ends — it appears that Souza has stepped up his striking game to an even more ferocious level. Just check out the video above, where “Jacare” channels his inner Bas Rutten and drops two of his sparring partners with vicious body shots while the rest of his gym just kind of looks on in horror.

Video after the jump.


Ronda Rousey’s Mom Is Not A Fan of Edmond Tarverdyan [VIDEO]

(“Good…goooood….let the hate flow through you.” via Getty)

At the risk of incurring her wrath myself, I will say that I’ve always found AnnMaria De Mars’ relationship with the MMA media, her daughter, and her daughter’s opponents to be a little…strange. I’m not saying she craves the attention, necessarily, but she certainly doesn’t seem to deflect it. She’s intense, is I guess the best way to put it.

Regardless, it would appear that De Mars maintains a closer eye on her cub than most parents would, especially when said cub is a 28-year-old uber badass and one of the most popular feminist icons on the planet. In fact, the only person in Rousey’s life who you could argue might have more say in her decision making process than her mother is Edmond Tarverdyan, Ronda’s longtime coach and another person who I personally find to be a bit grating.

So when Mama Rousey was recently asked to give her opinion on Tarverdyan, you would probably expect there to be a little bit of tension between them, to put it simply. What you probably wouldn’t expect is for De Mars to unleash the mother of all rants (no pun intended) on the Glendale Fighting Club owner, questioning everything from his abilities as a coach to the quality of his character.

Video after the jump.


VIDEO: Crazy Woman Breaks Into Urijah Faber’s Home, Sh*ts Everywhere

Urijah Faber was once nearly beaten to death by a gang of Indonesian thugs while vacationing in Bali, and yet I think this might be the nastiest thing that’s ever happened to him.

The story goes like this: Over the weekend, some crazy, likely drunk woman wandered into the former WEC champion’s California home, locked herself in his bathroom, and proceeded to channel the vengeful spirit of Duane Ludwig via a stream of poop and vomit.

Okay, so it’s not all that intricate a story.

Anyways, Faber eventually had to call on the cops to bust open his bathroom door, but not before recording the entire incident via Snapchat. Not much has been revealed about the woman in question up until this point, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see if she was sent to deliver a message on TJ Dillashaw’s behalf.

But yeah, that’s the second poop-centric story we’ve now covered in the past week. What a sport.


Meanwhile, In Boxing: Gabriel Bracero DESTROYS Danny O’Connor in PBC Main Event

(Referee Arthur Mercante Jr’s follow-up People’s Elbow seemed a touch unnecessary, IMO.)

Gabriel Bracero is not exactly what you’d call a “power puncher.” With just 5 knockouts in his 24 professional wins (the last of which came back in 2012), he’s probably one of the last welterweights in the game that you’d expect to see walk away from Saturday’s PBC on NBC Sports Net main event with a ”Knockout of the Year” contender under his belt. BUT THAT’S JUST WHAT HE DID, YOU GUYS.

Paired up against Irish-American Danny O’Connor in a rematch of a 2011 contest that saw Bracero emerge victorious by unanimous decision, “Tito” needed just 41 seconds to ensure that there would be no trilogy match, capitalizing on a lazy left hand by O’Connor with an absolutely devastating overhand right that shut his opponents lights out.

Video after the jump. 


Video: Check Out This INSANE Exchange/Finish From Wednesday’s ‘TUF Latin America 2′

(Props: r/MMA)

Ladies and gentlemen, I believe we may have just witnessed this generation’s Frye vs. Takayama.

It’s hyperbolic bordering on blasphemous praise, I know, but just give this video a watch and I promise that i will not disappoint. On Wednesday’s episode of TUF: Latin America 2 – a show that I literally had no idea was currently airing, yet alone featured Kelvin Gastelum and Efrain Escudero as coaches — Team Escudero’s Marco Polo Reyes took on Team Gastelum’s Christian Soto in a lightweight elimination round bout.

While I can’t attest to how the first round and half went down, I can say that the finishing sequence was absolutely BONKERS.